Case Studies

What It Takes to Go Net-Zero

Architects share their experiences in net-zero building, from persuading uncertain clients to dealing with extreme weather.

At this point, the technology exists for buildings to produce all the energy they need—and that needs to be the norm. Don’t worry: It’s not as hard as it sounds. William Maclay, FAIA, has a mission: to make net-zero-energy buildings the new normal. “We have the technology, tools, and knowledge we need to do this […]

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Energy Efficiency

How to Convince a Client to Go Green

Architects discuss techniques for promoting sustainability and building performance in a project.

Architects shouldn’t get discouraged from pursuing sustainability measures in projects because their clients assume that going green will be too costly or express little interest. Here are some strategies to help make the case for high-performance design.

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Energy Efficiency

ENR 2018 Top 100 Green Building Design Firms and Contractors

The market growth for green design and construction can be seen from the results of the ENR Top Green Buildings survey.

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Energy Efficiency

8 (New) Energy Efficient Materials Architects Should Know

To help architects meet their energy efficiency goals, a new wave of chemistry and material science is bringing innovative products and building systems to the marketplace.

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Energy Efficiency

The key to building energy efficiency? A sound building envelope

Homes can lose as much as 40 percent of heating and cooling energy through cracks and gaps in the building envelope.

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Energy Efficiency

Inside a Handsome Tiny House With Solar Shingles

While most tiny houses seem to be made from wood, one tiny house that’s been traveling around the country is constructed of something a bit more unexpected: plastic.

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Energy Efficiency

USGBC Working Group Unanimously Approves New Guidance for LEED Materials & Resources Credit 4

New guidance helps product manufacturers offer insight into material and supply chain sustainability.

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